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Film Studies: Books

This guide has been developed to provide an overview of library and internet sources for courses in film studies.

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There are several things you might keep in mind as you search catalogs for works about film:

  1. Catalogers will assign a subject heading for a film director's name when handling a biographical work or a critical study of the director's work. So, be sure to try a subject search when you are looking for works about an individual director.
  2. Director names can also end up in notes assigned by the cataloger. For instance, a table of contents note for a work about French cinema might include the names of individual French directors. In ScholastiCAT and MnPALS, you can search against the catalog notes fields when you are in the Advanced Search mode. Using the drop-down menu for "Field to Search," and select the search for Notes.
  3. There are a number of topical subject headings that are assigned to books on film. Some of these include: epic films, film adaptations, film criticism, film noir, motion picture producers and directors, musical films and western films.


InterLibrary Loan

The InterLibrary Loan form for books can be used for requesting titles found in MnPals and WorldCat. Most requests take approximately one week to fill. You will be notified by email when your book is available, and you can pick it up at the CSS Library.

Books can usually be renewed. But, since we are borrowing from another library, we need to abide by their policies. If you would like to keep the book longer, ask us, and we will try to renew it for you.




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